Statistics Netherlands teamed up with the Center for Big Data Statistics for a study into how posts on Twitter can be used to measure the mood in society. This research resulted in the first social tension barometer, which can measure quite specifically the tension or unrest in society, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.
After years of a budget deficit, the Dutch government managed to achieve a budget surplus in 2016. And that surplus is even 14 times larger than previously expected - a massive 2.9 billion euros, according to Statistics Netherlands on Friday. The Dutch economy also gew more than expected in previous estimations, RTL Nieuws reports.
Last year Dutch airports broke the 70 million mark in passengers transported for the first time, compared to 64.6 million passengers in 2015. Schiphol Airport accounted for the bulk of these passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
The Netherlands landed in sixth place, bumping Canada down one spot, in this year's survey of the world's happiest countries. The list is published annually by the United Nations. The news comes on the same day that the official statistics office of the Netherlands reports that nearly 90 percent of the population describes themselves as "happy."
Norway took the top spot on the list, an honour that went to Denmark a year ago. The ten happiest nations are:
Unemployed over 55-year-olds are still less likely to find work than their younger counterparts, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
Last year 7 percent of unemployed over 55-year-olds found work within three months. That is more than in previous years, but still less than younger age groups. In the age group 15 to 35 year olds, a third found work within 3 months. Among 35 to 55 year olds, one in five did so.
Since the introduction of the public transit card in 2008, train ticket prices increased by as much as 35 percent, about twice as much as inflation, according to calculations by newspaper AD and treinreiziger.nl.
The average age of homebuyers in the Netherlands increased significantly over the past years, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry. That can only partly be explained by the increasing age of the Dutch population, and likely has more to do with stricter mortgage rules and rising property prices, according to the statistics office.
The number of Dutch who were treated rudely declined last year, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor 2016. The survey of 80 thousand Netherlands residents were specifically asked whether they feel the were treated rudely or disrespectfully over the course of 2016.
The current group of 65-year-olds and older in the Netherlands is much better off than the 65-plussers of 20 years ago, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. The capital of 65-plus households increased from an average of 22 thousand euros annually in 1995 to 86,500 in 2015, ANP reports.
Registered common crimes in the Netherlands, including burglaries, violence and theft, dropped by 20 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. Crime experienced by Dutch, registered in the national victimization survey Safety Monitor, reduced by 13 percent. People living in the Netherlands also feel safer, ANP reports.
The number of welfare recipients in the Netherlands increased by 4 percent last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. At the end of December 2016 the Netherlands counted a total of 467 thousand welfare recipients, 18 thousand more than December 2015.
The growth can mainly be attributed to non-Western immigrants, particularly asylum seekers who were given refugee status in the Netherlands last year. After being given a residency permits, refugees can apply for welfare.
In the period between 1950 and 2016 six out of seven farms in the Netherlands disappeared, Statistics Netherlands said on Monday. But the average size of the remaining companies increased significantly, from 5.7 hectares to 32.4 hectares.
The number of animals per farm also increased significantly. In 1950 the average farmer had seven pigs, compared to 1,600 last year. Cattle numbers increased from 13 to 160.
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the 12.9 million Dutch who are eligible to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections are 65 years old or older, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
During the previous parliamentary elections 22 percent of voters were over the age of 65. According to the statistics office, the increase can be attributed to the post-war baby boom, that lasted until 1955. In the 2012 elections only the baby boomers born in 1946 and 1947 were 65 years or older. In this election everyone born up until 1952 is 65 years and older.
Thanks to higher than expected revenue and lower than expected spending, the Dutch government is left with a 200 million euros surplus on the 2016 budget, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a letter to parliament on Thursday, ANP reports.
The surplus can almost entirely be attributed to the total tax and premium revenue of last year, which came out 3.1 billion euros higher than projected. Expenses were 0.2 billion euros lower. In the Autumn calculations the government still expected a budget deficit of 3.1 billion euros.
The proportion of young Dutch between the ages of 15 and 25 years who see themselves as religious and belong to a church or religious group, decreased from 49 percent in 2010 to 41 percent in 2015, Statistics Netherlands said on Wednesday.
The decrease was the strongest among young adults, aged 18 to 25, decreasing from 48 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2015. But a decrease could also be seen among teenagers, aged 15 to 18 years. In this group the proportion of religious teens dropped from 51 percent to 45 percent in five years.
This month consumer confidence in the Netherlands rose by one point to 14, reaching its highest level in 9.5 years, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. The slight rise can be attributed to more positive feelings about the economy and a slightly higher willingness to spend money, according to the statistics office.
At 14 points the consumer confidence level is well above the average -8 of the past 20 years. Consumer confidence reached its highest level in April 2000 when it stood at 27 points. Its low point was -44 in February 2013.
A total of 12.9 million Dutch can vote in the parliamentary elections on March 15th, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. That's 300 thousand more than in the previous parliamentary elections in 2012.
Basically everyone with Dutch nationality aged 18 years and older is allowed to vote in the parliamentary elections. In 2016 only 56 persons were denied the ability to vote due to the severity of a crime they committed, according to the statistics office.
The Dutch economy grew by 2.1 percent in 2016, the strongest growth since 2007, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. The economy of the Netherlands has shown steady growth for 11 quarters in a row, ANP reports.
In the fourth quarter of 2016 the economy grew by 0.5 percent. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, the growth was 2.3 percent.
Long-term unemployment in the Netherlands decreased in 2016 for the firs time since 2009, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. There was even a decline among older workers, though the decrease was less significant than among younger age groups.
The number of millionaires in the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam in particular, is still on the rise, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday. The statistics office attributes this, at least partially, to the rapidly rising house prices in the country.
Despite a decrease in the wealth gap in the Netherlands, the number of households living in long-term poverty increased to 3.3 percent of households in 2015, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In 2015 a total of 221 thousand households lived below the minimum income threshold for more than four years, 27 thousand more than in 2015.
An increasing number of Bulgarians and Romanians are working in the Netherlands, according to Statistic Netherlands on Friday. The number of Bulgarian workers increased from 3 thousand in 2013 to 8 thousand in 2015, and the number of Romanian workers from 6 thousand to 13 thousand.
Most of the Netherlands' migrant workers stillcome from Poland, according to the statistics office. There are currently 205 Polish people living in the Netherlands, 156 thousand of whom have a job or their own business.
The number of personal bankruptcies dropped to its lowest level since 2000 in 2016, continuing the downward trend of the last three years, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. Last year there were a 1,545 personal bankruptcies in the Netherlands, about a quarter less than in 2015 and 62 percent less than in 2013.
According to Statistics Netherlands, the decrease can be attributed to the fact that economic conditions in the Netherlands improved significantly since 2013.
In December home prices in the Netherlands were 6.7 percent higher than in December 2015, the biggest increase since May 2002, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry announced on Friday.
Throughout 2016 the prices of homes increased about 5 percent, continuing the upward trend of the past years. Compared to the low point in the housing market in June 2013, house prices in the Netherlands increased nearly 14 percent. The average price for an existing home is now back at the level of November 2005, but still 11 percent below the peak level of August 2008.